in the early 70's in Lodwor islands in Kenya, Bob King never
had a chance to live with his parents. Bob was born to a traveler
father who had a very short affair with his mother and left
birth, Bob's mother carried and dumped him in the hotel where
the two had meet and honeymooned. This was at the then Economic
Club at Sir Apollo Kagawa Road. Bob at the time had his LIFE
at the mercy of the employees of the said club. This club was
owned by one Kamuru, who after one year of Bob's arrival was
declared a rebel by the UNLF. This prompted the burning of the
Club that left the employees and some guests dead. Bob thinks
his father could have died in the incident. He was rescued by
one of the security personnel who handed him over to Mwanga's
was taken to what he now thinks must have been a prison. There,
he stayed for about 16 months after which a one Lutaaya, who
he later discovered was a minister rescued him and took him
to his home.
claimed to know Bob's parents. He put up announcements, but
no one claimed Bob. There, he says he lived like a servant.
It was not until a neighbor, who sold Charcoal for a living,
carried him to Lugazi where he started living with one Jajja
Noveta. Bob admits that he managed to attain a childhood life
under her care.
attended school under the sponsorship of Jajja Noveta and finally
dropped out at in Primary 4 due to the inability of Jajja Noveta
to pay his school fees. At this stage, Bob joined the said "Lugazi
Gangstas" who worked in the sugarcane plantation. He worked
so hard that he managed to raise U Shs. 6,000 per day for a
full lorry load. His budget was divided as follows; a bit for
Jajja Noveta, some for his clothes and the rest he saved in
anticipation of financing his trip in the search for his parents.
two years of hard work, Bob set off on his trip. It commenced
in Northern Uganda although when asked, he had no reason for
why he had to start in that direction. Form there, he crossed
to Kenya where he believes he was born. He lived a street life
until he begun to realize his talent.
was a talent God left me when he took my parents. If God hadn't
given me my talent, how would I have fed?' says Bob. In Kenya,
Bob started MC'ing in local nightspots where he earned about
300 Kenya Shillings a night. At this stage, Bob met with 'Members
of the United Family of Jamaica" who took him up for simple
tasks in their projects. It was not until Bob decided to extend
these projects to Uganda that he became an active member.